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Poster: dark.starz Date: May 30, 2011 5:28pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'slo-mo Rapture' & our GD Forum conversation

Heed caution when camping this spring-summer in the mountains. As you're aware the snowpack is at record levels and flash flooding is a reality in the Rocky Mountain Front Range.

The Big Thompson River Canyon Flood July 31st - August 1st, 1976.

http://www.assessment.ucar.edu/flood/flood_summaries/07_31_1976.html

Extreme Fort Collins Flood July 28th, 1997

http://ccc.atmos.colostate.edu/~odie/rain.html


Most people are unaware that:

•80% of flood deaths occur in vehicles, and most happen when drivers make a single, fatal mistake trying to navigate through flood waters.

•Just 6 inches of rapidly moving flood water can knock a person down.

•A mere 2 feet of water can float a large vehicle even a bus.

•One-third of flooded roads and bridges are so damaged by water that any vehicle trying to cross stands only a 50% chance of making it to the other side.

•The Big Thompson Canyon Flood killed 140 people in 1976. It proved a tragic illustration of a sobering statistic 95% of those killed in a flash flood try to outrun the waters along their path rather than climbing rocks or going uphill to higher grounds.

•Remember, it does not have to be raining for a flash flood to occur. Some of the most dangerous floods originate many miles away.


This post was modified by dark.starz on 2011-05-31 00:28:35

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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: May 26, 2011 2:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'slo-mo Rapture' & our GD Forum conversation

- I was flying over Denver in a Boeing 727 when the Big Thompson River Canyon Flood hit in 1976. It was a disaster on the ground there. No more planes were being allowed to land in Denver, and refueling aircraft was not happening. After circling over Denver for an hour or 2, we were low on fuel. We diverted to Cheyenne. I was stuck there for 12 hours with no money. I was trying to return to Louisville, KY, after doing a sound man gig with Bluegrass Alliance band in Jackson Hole, WY for 2 weeks.

- Extreme Fort Collins Flood July 28th, 1997: I was just a few miles north of Fort Collins at this time, working as an electronics maintenance engineer at KGWN-TV in Cheyenne... working my butt off for our News Dept during that flood. I was making sure all the correct news packages, video feeds, live shots, and satellite uplinks were getting this story out.

This post was modified by dead-head_Monte on 2011-05-26 21:38:44